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New party drug 
is a cause 

for concern 


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Trustee Jim McFadden: 

Just Looking for 


"I'll be damned if 
I'm not going to 
~ k my mind. " 




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Grizzly Spotli^glvt 

Felecia Foo explains Malaysian culture to Tyler 

Michael, Cort Cindley and Brad Schuessler at 

the International Expo. The Expo, which took 

place in Andover on April 17, featured 50 of 

Butler's international students' countries. 

Photo by Mike Shepherd 

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Volume 3, Number 3 

-goers Ibeiivstre. 


Rohypnol has emerged 
as the newest and 
most popular party 
drug. In most cases 
victims have no 
recollection of what 
has happened. 

The future looks 
'briglvt for Lady 


The womens 

basketball team, 

with only one 

returning player, 

has a spectactular 

season, making it 

to the Region VI 

playoffs before 

losing in the 


Looking fox* answers 


Trustee J.W. McFadden is 
trying to figure out just 
who is paying for out- 
of-county students. 
He's got his answer 
and administrators 
have theirs. 

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JVIelYiiT Lister 
soars to new heights 


Melvin Lister, at age 20, 

has already competed 

for the United States 

in the Junior Olympics 

and compiled three 

individual National 

Championships as a 

member of Butler's 

track team 

_ _ Otlxer st or ie s . . . 

ft Ev Kohls 

jo c _ c c_ Dragon Dictate ... 

I (jCf c((j> Brock Hayes 

Adopt-an Acre 


Student mug shots 22 

Men's basketball 32 

Baseball 40 



1997 Grixzly Staff: Justin Hayworth is the Editor. Stephanie Ross is the Managing Editor. Laura Agee, Kristy 

Egbert, Ella Siemers, Randy Smith and Amy Train are wrers; Tina Vinson, John Morris and Mike Shepherd are photographers and 
writers. Dave Kratzer is the advisor. Butler County Community College is located at 901 S. Haverhill Road, in El Dorado, Kansas. 
67042 (316) 322-3893 (316) 322-3280. Room 104. Letters to the editor are encouraged. 

On the cover, Kesha Walker flies to the hoop for a easy lay-up against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons. Photo by Mike Shepherd. 



The Grizzly 3 



Tlxe Grizzly 

Home Again 

Long-time faculty member Everett Kohls 
returns to Butler after a five-year absence 

By Amy Train 

Anew face to some and a legend to others has found its 
way back home. Everett Kohls, who came to Butler in 
1966 as an assistant football coach and history/psy- 
chology teacher, felt as if he never left after his first day back on 
the job. 

"Spiritually, I never left," Kohls says. "It's good to be back." 

Beginning his career at Butler, Kohls has influenced many 
lives and the college as a whole. Kohls master-minded and insti- 
gated a prominent program at Butler. In 1974, his Lady Grizzly 
Basketball team took its first steps. Kohls coached a line-up of 13 
women who pulled together for a 13-7 first season, including a 
win against current Wichita State University women's coach 
Linda Hargrove. 

But, in 1976, Kohls felt he needed to resign in order to focus on 
his new position as Director of Admissions and Student Records. 
Then Kohls became Dean of Students in 1990, where he remained 
until retiring in 1992. 

After leaving Butler, Kohls headed to Bethany College where 
he took the reigns as Missions Counselor. He was in charge of 
recruiting in the new position which gave him a chance to 
explore the central region of the United States. Kohls visited high 
schools from Kansas to 
Colorado, Nebraska, 
Missouri and 

Kohls lived in an 
apartment in Salina and 
travelled home on the 
weekends while in 
Lindsborg. After almost 
three years at Bethany 
College, Kohls had his 
adventure and decided it was time to come home. 

"I had the chance to home each night and I believed coming 
back would do the most good," Kohls says. "I became attached to 
what I watched grow and decided to come back. And Butler is 
one place that really means it when it says 'Students First'." 

Kohls says that the best part of being back at Butler is that it is 

an enjoyment. Kohls can be found in Admissions as Butler's 

Technical Recruiter. He is always eager to share a good story of 

his past. His challenge to anyone is to name any city in Kansas 

and he will know at least one person in the town, no matter what 

the size of the town. HeJnasn^^^atymped yet. 

Builer County Community College 

E , norado, Kansas G7C- ^ 

The tale of the Dragon 

By Laura Agee 

Butler's Special Needs office is helping 
students one word at a time. Thanks to a 
grant, Special Needs purchased a voice-acti- 
vated computer program known as Dragon 
Dictate that is used to help Special Needs stu- 
dents at Butler who can't type because of 
physical limiations, such a Cerebral Palsy. 

"We wanted to purchase the very best 
program we could with the money we 
received," says Staci Daniel, a para-profession 
al in Special Needs. The Dragon Dictate pro- 
gram is owned and was developed by 
Microsoft. This unique program was devel- 


oped in in 1984, but wasn't out on the market 
until 1995, which is when Butler purchased 
the product. It took 11 years to perfect the 
computer program which initially cost about 
$1,500 but is now around $950. 

Dragon dictate has only been used a few 
times in the last three years, Daniels says, and 
for a pretty good reason. Dragon Dictate is a 
voice-activated computer program that listens 
for the user's voice. That doesn't seem like 
much of a problem, until you factor in other 
voices the program may have to contend with. 
For example, last semester, the good folks in 

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the Special Needs office tried to train a student 
with a speech impediment, which made the train- 
ing process last longer. 

"It would have taken more than a month," 
Daniels says. "After the noise reaches a certain 
loudness, the program will just shut off because it 
can't distinguish between the user's voice and out- 
side noises." The solution? A soundproof room, 
which was installed in March. 

Training on the system isn't easy. "It took me 
three to four days of training to learn how to use 

Dragon can also learn mistakes as well if the user 
saves files without correcting mistakes. 

If the user has a cold, the user's voice will 
sound different to Dragon Dictate. The program 
may not recognize the user and think another per- 
son is using it. Fortunately, during training runs, 
the program stores a file of the user's distorted 
voice. The next time the user has a cold, the 
Dragon will immediately recognize the voice. 

Staci Daniels' biggest advanatage, once 
Dragon Dictate is running smoothly, will be that 

Dragon dictate 
allows students 
who are physically 
unable to type 
papers to simply 
speak into a 
microphone while 
the computer 
types what they 
are saying. This 
program should 
help lighten the 
load of work put 
on student work- 
ers who have in 
the past had to 
type papers for 
these people. 

it," Daniels recalls. "There is a voice menu bar and 
when you want to print, you say 'voice menu'. 
Then you say 'print' and it will print." 

And a computer program that takes verbal 
commands has another advantage: it learns from 
it's own mistakes. "As long as the user corrects his 
mistakes before he saves the file, Dragon Dictate 
will learn from the corrected mistakes and learn 
not to make the same ones again. It is continually 
learning," Daniels explains. Unfortunately, the 

she can devote time to other Special Needs chores 
because she won't have to type as many assign- 
ments for her Butler students, who will be able to 
"type" for themselves using Dragon Dictate. The 
students will become more independent, as will 
Daniels, who may finally be able to run out to 
McDonalds for lunch. Who knows? With Dragon 
Dictate, anything may be possible. 

Laura Agee rolled through last issue's story about 
the Rollnrena and tames the Dragon this time around. 

The Grizzly V 






Rohypnol dissolves 
almost insantly, therefore 
any unattended drink can 
be a target. Roofies have 
become common, even 
here in Kansas. 

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Story by Kristy Egbert Photo illustrations by Justin Hayworth 

Attention all females. 

Imagine yourself at a party, or sitting around, hanging out with some people. You're relaxing and 
sipping on a beer, water, or pop. When moments later, or what you think are moments later, you wake 
up in an unfamiliar place, not remembering anything and realizing instead of mere moments later it has 
been several hours. Unfortunately you have just been introduced to Rohypnol, and are now a statistic 
with its many other victims. 

Rohypnol is a foreign-manufactured sleep aid and presurgery sedative that is 10 times stronger 
than Valium. Also known as a "Roofie," it is the so-called date rape drug that is a widely prescribed 
sedative in Europe, but is not licensed for sale in the United States. Produced in Mexico and other coun- 
tries by Hoffman-La Roche, it is also marketed in Central and South America and Asia. It was banned in 
the U.S., but legal until a year ago to bring back from Mexico for personal use. 

Much of the Rohypnol that is abused in the U.S. is obtained by prescription in Mexico and trans- 
ported across the border, just like steroids. Rohypnol has many other names as well, such as rophies, 
ruffies, R2, roofenol, Roche, roachies, la rocha, rope and rib. In the last five years there have been reports 
of Rohypnol abuse among schoolchildren as young as eight years old, as well as high schoolers, but it is 
most commonly used on college campuses. 

Rohypnol tablets look a lot like aspirins, they're white and are single or cross-scored on one side 
with "Roche" and a "1" or "2" encircled on the other side. The pills are sold in bubble packs of 1 or 2 mg 
doses. Generic and illegal versions are also manufactured, although the brand name product seems to be 
the most popular. Overdosing on Rohypnol is not likely, experts say. However, habitual use will lead to 
physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, muscle pains, hallucinations and some- 
times seizures. 

Rohypnol is most frequently used with alcohol. The drug is ingested orally. Many offenders slip 
the drug into an unsuspecting girl's drink, where the drug begins to take effect in as little as 20 minutes 
and may persist up to eight hours or more, depending on the dosage. Once it is dissolved into the drink 
there is no evidence left of it because it leaves behind no trace of odor or taste. The drug costs less than 
$5 per tablet, which makes it easily available to offenders. 

What happens when victims want to press charges against the person who slipped them a 
Roofie? Well, good luck, it's especially difficult to prosecute. Roofies causes victims to black out, and once 
they wake up they can't remember anything that has happened to them. It's kind of hard to go to court 
with no memory of what happened. The guy who put the Roofie in the drink will almost surely get off 
on the charge because there is usually no evidence of what happened. The court hears only the victim's 
testimony of a faint, if available, memory. 

One female Butler student learned the hard way. "I was at a party and I guess this guy I was dat- 
ing slipped one into my drink when I wasn't looking. I couldn't remember a thing that happened, except 
that I had this incredible headache. I really didn't know what to do about it, so I didn't do anything 
about it. That guy never called me again, I was glad... and mad." 

A tip: Remember to always keep a watchful eye on your beverages, and it would probably be a 
good idea to get your own drinks when you're out partying instead of letting someone else get them for 
you. The use of this drug has become common place, even here in Kansas, so just be alert and don't think 
it can't happen to you. 




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lO TKe Grizzly 

ost college students finish 
up their day of classes by heading off to 
their full- or part-time jobs. Usually the main 
jobs students have deal with retail, or food 
and waitressing, either in a restaurant or fast 
food establishment. But on occasion some 
students are lucky enough to have an inter- 
esting and unique job that they don't dread 
going to. Butler freshman Brock Hayes is 
one of those lucky few. 

Hayes is the assistant athletic trainer and 
massage therapist for the Wichita Thunder 
hockey team. He has been working with 
Wichita Thunder for two years now. His job 
basically consists of stretching and massag- 
ing the players before the games, sometimes 
during the games, and of course, after. He 
usually spends five to 10 minutes on each 
guy. "The team usually comes in to have 
their legs and backs worked on. I also work 
on the other doctor, staff, family and 
friends," Hayes says. 

During the game Hayes sits in the stands, 
unless he's needed in the box, then he will 
go down to the box to stretch the guys out 
and work on hamstrings. 

"Brock does an excellent job. He usually 
had guys waiting in line. His job is quite 
important because the body is made up of 
muscles," says Wichita Thunder team physi- 
cian Dr. James Hay. "The players get stiff 
and aching muscles, so what Brock does for 
the team is really important. He is extremely 
professional and it is quite a joy to work 
with him." 

Brock also does ultrasound, electric stim, 
wrapping and taping. 

"I think the best thing is that I get to work 

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with the doctors, trainers and coaches and they talk to me 
as an equal. They don't talk down to me. They respect me 
and don't think of me as a dumb punk kid with tattoos 
and earrings," Hayes insists. 

As long as it doesn't interfere with school, Hayes travels 
on the road trips. He also has his picture taken with the 
team at the team photoshoots. Hayes hasn't had his pic- 
ture taken as much as he has in the last year in his whole 

Wichita Thunder's Head Coach Brian Wells says Brock 
is just like one of the players. "He comes along to every- 
thing, does his job and works hard. He is 
extremely helpful. When the guys play a lot of 
games in a short time their muscles get really 
stiff and Brock gets them feeling back to nor- 

Hayes knows pain. 

"When I was 16 I was roofing and fell off a 
three-story roof, landing on some concrete 

To the right, Hayes helps one of the 

Thunder players remove a splinter from 

his hand during pre-game warm ups. 

Below, Hayes attends to his regular duties 

before games, which include stretching 

players and giving them massages. 

steps. I ended up breaking my back and both legs. I was in 
physical therapy for about two years, and I had massage 
therapy four times a week. That's what got me interested 
in physical therapy, because my physical therapy was one 
of the most helpful things I went through and it helped 
with pain management," Hayes says. 

When Hayes was younger he worked as a dishwasher 
and a busboy at a restaurant. He also did crowd control 
for about eight years at concerts and bars. He went on the 
road with Silverchair as a bodyguard, and he's also 
worked at the Coliseum, the Cotillion, the Cowboy and 

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Rock Island. 

Before working with the Thunder hockey team Hayes 
wanted to be a massage therapist for the Olympics, but 
once he was exposed to hockey he became hooked and 
would like to work with a National hockey team in the 
future. His plans for the immediate future are not set yet. 
Right now he's looking at four different universities. He's 
going to be checking out the University of Michigan, the 
University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado and 
the University of Denver. Brock's dream is to work in the 
NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, but he would take any 
NHL team, he says he wouldn't be picky. He plans on 
staying at Butler until he gets offered something else. 

Wichita Thunder Trainer George Bullock, Jr., says Brock 
is thorough and knowledgable about what he does. "He is 
a good massage therapist, and he's getting the athletic 
training side of it. Sometimes I come to him and ask him 

Brock Hayes has to use the time in between his classes to 
study for an Anatomy and Physiology test, as seen here in the 
Student Union. Late night hockey games tend to cut into his 
study time, but he really doesn't mind, because he knows that 
working with the Thunder will help his chances of landing his 
dream job. 

about what he thinks when I'm working on the guys. It's 
good to have someone with a fresh perspective. Brock is a 
great asset to the team, he's open and always there to help 
on the road." 

Brock Hayes obviously likes his work. "It's one of the 
funnest jobs that I've had and I like traveling with them. 
Before I started working with the Thunder I had never 
been to a hockey game, now I'm hooked," Hayes says. 

For Kristy Egbert's last magazine story, she got a tattoo. This 
time she only spent two minutes in the penalty box for high 

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Two instructors 

work to educate 

students about 


By Ella Siemers 

Even here at Butler County, 
there are those who worry 
about the fate of the rain- 
forests in Central and South America. 
"Of all the ecosystems, the two dis- 
appearing at the most rapid rate are 
the rain forests and the wetlands," 
Tonya Kerschner, instructor of biologi- 
cal sciences, says. "Not only are they 
disappearing the fastest, but they're 
also the most productive. It's a home 
for the species that are there. By saving 
the rainforests, we save drugs and 
medicines, spices, dyes, flavorings and 
seasonings, such as chocolate and 
gum. There are chemicals and plants 
with many uses that haven't even been 
found yet." 

Experts say the rainforest has about 
four-fifths of the world's vegetation, 
and is home to about 30 million 
species. It is estimated that people are 
cutting 57 acres of tropical moist forest 
globally every minute of every day. 
This equals approximately 19 million 
trees daily. Since the year 1600 and the 
present day, the planet has lost 83 
species of mammals, 113 species of 
birds, and 384 kinds of vascular plants. 

Although many higher-profile con- 
servation groups work to save various 
ecosystems and species, the biology 
department at Butler has been doing 

its part as well. Dr. Bill Langley and 
Tonya Kerschner began donating 
funds to rainforest conservation in 
1989. The first 1.5 acres of land saved 
was in the Monteverde Conservation 
League in Costa Rica. 

Langley 's and Kerschner 's interest 
really kicked off when they saw a 
video on the rainforests. The video 

dents started," Kerschner says. 
"Recycling has to become a habit. 
Society has to learn to conserve and 

For the first year and a half, the 
department worked with the World 
Wildlife Federation. The department 
was notified of the Federation 
through a magazine advertisement. 

y cling has to become a 
habit. Society has to learn 
to conserve and recycle. _ 
-Tonya Kerschner i 

was about a man who was trying to 
raise funds for a park to re-establish 
deforested land. Butler donated the 
last 10 percent of the funds for the 
Guanacaste Park, also in Costa Rica. 

"We wanted the students to have to 
do something to raise the money," 
Kerschner says. "We didn't want them 
just to donate it. With collecting alu- 
minum cans, it cuts down on the nat- 
ural resources used. There is less ener- 
gy used and less cost. It encourages 
recycling and it keeps the cans out of 
the landfills. Plus, it heightens student 
awareness environmentally in a glob- 
al perspective. It's something we all 
can do." 

Students earn two bonus points per 
pound of cans donated, up to 50 
points. Since the BCCC Adopt- An- 
Acre program was initiated in 1989, 
biology students have collected 45,704 
pounds of cans that have resulted in 
the purchase of rainforest acreage in 
Costa Rica, Brazil, Paraguay, 
Guatemala, Belize, and Bolivia. 

"The bonus points are to get stu- 

The department decided to switch to 
the Nature Conservancy program in 
1990-1991 after the Guanacaste Park 

Nature Conservancy 
works only in conserva- 
tion of land. The 
Conservancy buys the 
land and Butler helps to 
reimburse it for the pur- 
chase. The Adopt- An- 
Acre program is specifi- 
cally for rainforest conser- 
vation. The Conservancy 
has backing both mone- 
tarily and politically. 

"They have the ability 
to buy large quanities of 
land," Kerschner says. 
"They have a good track 
record that's documented, 
not only with rainforests, 
but with all kinds of land. 
All of the money, if it's 
designated, goes to the 
rainforest, either for pur- 
chasing it or for mainte- 

nance. If it isn't designated, then the 
money goes to help run the organiza- 
tion. They are really dedicated to 
keeping land for land and natural 

About two years ago, the BCCC 
biology department started selling T- 
shirts from the Earth Foundation, a 
organization that originates through 
the Nature Conservancy. The selling 
of T-shirts is strictly volunteer. The T- 
shirts cost about $13 a shirt. Three 
dollars of the price goes towards the 
rain forests. The price for rainforest 
land is about $30 an acre. 

The biology department tries to 
send in a donation of at least $1,000 a 
year. It takes about two semesters and 
a summer to raise the funds. From 
1989 to 1997, the biology department 
has raised a total $10,969; $9,511 from 
cans and $1,458 from T-shirts. The 
money has bought a total of 335.1 
acres of land. 

In different buildings throughout the Butler campus 
there are can receptacles that Adopt-an-Acre uses. 

The Grizzly X-3 



By Mike Shepherd 

one are the days when 
Butler Board of 
Trustees' meetings 
came and went with- 
out major incident; things have 
changed. For the past several 
months, they have been somewhat of 
a spectacle as tension and tempers 
have flared over the future of the col- 
lege. The issue of financing out-of- 
county students, along with conflict- 
ing personalities and agendas, have 

been at the forefront. 

And in the middle of it all: Trustee 

J.W. McFadden of Augusta. 

The Grri5E5Ely 

Chairman Gayle Krause 

"The inequity doesn 't lie 

with the students. (It) 

comes from Topeka with 

the amount of state aid 

we get. " 

Trustee Steve Pershall 

"I don 't want to argue 

about which numbers are 

right. We 're never going 

to get to the right 

answer. " 

Trustee Jim McFadden 

"It would seem reason- 
able to ask out-of-county 
students to pay more for 
their education. " 

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McFadden, 55, who doesn't mind 
being called Jim or Bill, took over 
| Position Five of the seven-member 
board in July of last year to, as he puts 
it, find some answers. He says the 
people in his Augusta-centered dis- 
trict, himself included, want to know 
why the taxation on them that sup- 
ports Butler County Community 
College is so high when the total num- 
ber of Butler County residents make 
up only one-quarter of the total enroll- 
ment. That mill-levy-regulated tax this 
year is 21.26 mills on the appraised 
value of property, meaning that for 
every thousand dollars a house is 
appraised at, that homeowner pays 
$21.26 in taxes, revenue that comes 
directly to the college. For example, a 
$100,000 house has $234 in taxes for 
the college on it. For the year ending 
June 30, 1997, $6.3 million, or 23 per- 
cent of the college's total budget, was 
paid to the college by county resi- 
dents. There is also a smaller motor 
vehicle tax that, when added to this 
year's estimation of tax support, 
brings county support of the college to 
about 30 percent of its total revenue, 
according to data released from the 
college president's office. 

McFadden simply thinks that is too 
much money. 

"The problem I have is the name of 
that institution is Butler County 
Community College and over $6 mil- 
lion is taken from the taxpayers of 
Butler County to support it and only 
25 percent of the entire student body 
comes from Butler County. 

"I want everyone to come to Butler 
County who wants to," McFadden 
says. "But if you come from out-of- 
county or out-of-state, then pay the 
cost of your education." 

That's where the real debate begins. 
In the board's January work session, 
the board and the administration 
agreed that the cost to the college of 
one credit hour taken by a student is 
$176, and that the student only pays 
$106 after state aid and out-district 
tuition is collected — a $70 shortfall. 
However, 70 percent of that $176 are 
fixed costs and the other 30 percent 
are variable, so not every hour costs 
the college $176. Nevertheless, in the 
fall of 1997, there were 58, 182 credit 
hours taken at all Butler sites, and 
when multiplied by that hourly short- 

fall, equals an amount around $4 mil- 

"It's unfair to ask Butler County 
residents to pay for it," McFadden 

The college argues that county resi- 
dents aren't. All of the college's 
sources of revenue are pooled into one 
large account and then broken down 
into various funds, says Chief 
Financial Officer Kent Williams, so it 
is impossible to say that any one 
expense is paid by one source of 

President Jackie Vietti also says that 
as long as marginal revenues exceed 
marginal costs, then out-of-county stu- 
dents are beneficial to the college 
finances. In other words, because of 
the fixed-variable cost model, not 
every student costs the college $176, 
says Trustee Steve Pershall. 

"I don't want to argue about which 
numbers are right. Not every new stu- 
dent costs us $176, however, one may 
cost us a new teaching position," 
Pershall says. He went on to say that 
four or five students may enroll in a 

class and the college wouldn't need to 
offer another class in that subject, 
whereas adding that sixth or seventh 
student may cause the need for anoth- 
er instructor. 

Still, McFadden contends that all 
out-of-county students need to start 
paying their "fair share," until that 
$70 shortfall is made up, regardless of 
marginal costs and revenues. 

"Just because we have a communi- 
ty college in our county doesn't mean 
we should educate students from all 
over the state at our cost. If you're 
coming from (out-of-county), then 
your county or you should reimburse 
Butler County for the cost of your 
education," McFadden says. "Don't 
ask the taxpayers in my county to pay 
your bill." 

Currently, three things happen 
when out-of-county students attend 
classes at Butler. The student pays his 
or her amount in tuition and fees, the 
state kicks in its legislated amount of 
state aid, currently at $30.50 for each 
academic hour and $45.75 for each 
vocational hour, and county out-dis- 

trict money is paid by a student's 
home county, currently at $24 for each 

"The state really should step in and 
not penalize Butler County for having 
a community college, but they aren't 
willing to do it," McFadden says. 

It is McFadden's steadfast position 
and approach on this issue that has 
earned him an unfavorable reputation 
around campus with teachers. At 
board meetings, the president's eyes 
search the corners of the room as 
though she is looking for the right 
word to say ... or not say. A dean 
chuckles in disbelief as he touches his 
hands to his forehead. The chief finan- 
cial officer, wearing his tie that looks 
like a big dollar bill, walks to his chair 
with frustration on his face, and whis- 
pers of concern roll through the audi- 
ence. Leaning forward in his chair, 
McFadden perches himself on his 
forearms. With a stare that demands 
an answer, he scans the eyes of his fel- 
low board members. 

Teachers complain about him 
behind closed doors. Coaches now 

Trustee McFadden tries to illustrate his 
point that Butler County residents are 
picking up the tab for out-of-county stu- 
dents at a Trustees' meeting earlier in the 

worry about deficits. Members of the 
administration are cautious when 
they speak, knowing what they may 
say or ask will be scrutinized. But 
that's fine with him. 

"I didn't run for that office to be 
popular, and when I leave I probably 
won't be popular with some people, 
either. That's fine, whatever," 
McFadden says without concern. 

By the latest turn of events, 
McFadden isn't popular at all. On 
Thursday, March 5, McFadden bought 
ad space in the El Dorado Times and 
two other prominent county newspa- 
pers, in which he wrote a letter to the 
taxpayers of the county. That letter 
stated that Butler County residents 
pay $230 per credit hour for their stu- 
dents and that out-of-county resi- 
dents, in the form of out-district 
tuition, only pay $22.50 per credit 
hour for their students. 

"I kept hearing from the people I 
associate with in this district that a lot 
of money was going to Butler County 
Community College and they could- 
n't understand why the taxation was 
so high for a community college that 
was supposed to serve Butler County. 
The more I looked at it, the more I 
realized I wanted some answers," 
McFadden says. 

"There's no doubt in my mind, 
after being here six months, that the 
average person in this county has no 
idea what's been going on. It wasn't 
my intention to make anybody look 
bad — just to inform the voters of 
how their money is being spent." 

"I think it's reasonable to ask how 
much Butler County residents are 
paying for the college," Kent Williams 
says. "I wouldn't dispute his num- 
bers, but with any analysis, you have 
to determine what numbers you're 

Using calculations and models 
such as these are part of the problem. 
Information provided by either side 
will be misleading to a point. Pershall 
says that because of the nature of the 
business, an exact answer cannot be 
found. If the college asked 100 differ- 
ent accountants to study the budget, 

there would be 100 different reports, 
he says. 

"We're never going to get to the 
right answer," Pershall says. 

Even if Pershall is right, it is 
McFadden's relentless pursuit of 
those answers that has caused the 
most heartburn with teachers, admin- 
istrators, and other board members. 
Some have gone so far as to call him 
"rude," "unreasonable" and "a jerk." 

"The problem is the school will 
present us a report and the questions 
asked will come right out and imply 
that the figures can't be right. And 
there's no basis for it in most cases," 
Chairman Gayle Krause says. 

McFadden, shocked to hear what is 
being said about 
him, insists that he 
isn't rude and says 
"there's no excuse 
to be rude." As for 
being crazy, he says 
with a chuckle and 
a grin, he's never 
been mentally 
evaulated. "I think 
the chairman just 
about always sees 
things the way the 
does and we 
should have a dif- 
ferent philosophy." 

The figures the 
chairman was 
referring to was a 
study released in 
January by 

Williams. For the 1996-97 school year, 
the college purchased $1.8 million in 
goods from county businesses and 
had a net payroll of $5.6 million to 
county residents. Together, the direct 
contribution to the county economy of 
$7.4 million exceeded the property tax 
revenue by $1.1 million. 

"I believe that these figures show 
that the college is a good investment 
for the county," Williams says. "We 
bring in a lot of commerce that 
wouldn't be here if the college wasn't 

McFadden disagrees, saying that 
the best economic benefit to Butler 
County would be to let the taxpayers 
keep their money and spend it the 
way they want to. 

't expect 
majority of 
the board to 
always agree 
with me, but I'll 
be damned if I'm 
not going to 
speak my mjnd^ 
-J.W. Mc 

"Don't try to sell me on economic 
development by taking more than $6 
million from the taxpayers and not 
using it the way most people in 
District 2 want you to use it, and 
that's to educate Butler County stu- 

"If you take our money, you're 
going to spend it more wisely than we 
do?" McFadden asks. "The numbers 
the administration are trying to use to 
support their argument, for all the 
benefit Butler County receives from 
our tax money, is a skewed report. It 
won't stand up, I don't think, to the 
light of day." 

But what the people in District 2 
want is unclear. According to Mike 
McDermott of the 
Augusta Daily 
Gazette, no one has 
written a letter of 
response to him 
about McFadden's 
letter, however, he 
did say that the 
people he talks to, 
both personally and 
professionally, say 
that McFadden is 
"way off base." 
Support in El 
Dorado is much the 

"My husband 
and I feel as bad as 
anyone when we 
look at those tax 
statements. Yet, 
when I look around 
your campus and realize what my tax 
dollars are doing, I'm so proud and so 
thankful," Lorraine Maus of El 
Dorado says. "I think I'm certainly 
getting my money's worth." 

"I've seen what this school has 
done and I am very proud. As one 
taxpayer of this county, I want us to 
keep going and don't want to pay any 
less money if that means programs 
are cut," Paul Hull of El Dorado says. 
His speech, which was followed with 
strong applause from the audience 
during the public comments portion 
of the March board meeting, he says, 
was motivated by the letter 
McFadden wrote and published in the 
newspapers. "I'm so perturbed about 
what has been put forward that I was 

compelled to come tonight. I would 
certainly hate to see this community 
get caught up in tax dollars to do any- 
thing that might hurt the institution." all of this boils down to is a 
difference of philosophy between a 
conservative businessman and more 
liberal educators. McFadden says he 
wants to see the expenses of the col- 
lege paid for by whoever is using it, 
with any tax money being used effe- 
ciently, and the administration and 
other board members say they want 
to offer the highest level of education 
at the lowest cost to the student. 

250 The Orizzly 



"We differ some on the board about 
which is most important, that we pro- 
tect the student from high tuition or 
protect the taxpayer from a high mill 
levy. But that's part of our charge to 
try to be as frugal as possible and still 
maintain that quality that Butler 
County is known for," Krause says. 
"That's my aim; to maintain that qual- 

"I think I'd be safe in saying that 
everybody on the board would like to 
see the mill levy lowered. But ... how 
far can we go with that and what else 
might suffer? I'd like to see the mill 

levy lowered, but I'd really like to see 
tuition lowered. I think students pay 
more than their fair share to go to 
school here." 

That may be, but Trustee J.W. 
McFadden of Augusta isn't backing 

"I'm not bashful and I'm not going 
to be. Anybody who wants to call me 
up and ask me a question, I'll gladly 
answer it. I don't have a hidden agen- 
da. I don't know of anybody in that 
institution that I don't like," 
McFadden says. 

ikn's notMng 

lersnal abut It 

Ifs stilcttj business." 

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Agee, Laura 

Augusta sophomore 

Baker, Ryarm 

El Dorado freshman 

Bartel, Angela 

Hillsboro freshman 

Bidwell, Bill 


Boggs, Derick 

Kinsley freshman 

Book, Dean 

El Dorado sophomore 

Briggs, Freda 


Brown, Chris 

Florida freshman 

The Orx-izacly 

Carlin, Angie 
El Dorado freshman 
Chaney, Keosha 
Wichita freshman 
Cohen, Jeff 
Conyac, Chad 
Haysville freshman 

Couey, Jennell 
Towanda freshman 
Dedonder, Kimberly 
Reading freshman 
Dorr, Scott 
Lyndon freshman 
Duncan, Searcy 
Atchison freshman 

Estes, Glen 
Wichita freshman 
French, Emily 
Hugoton freshman 
Frost, Betsy 
Augusta freshman 
Gichinga, Kennedy 
Kenya freshman 

Gillespie, James 

Augusta sophomore 
Harper, Justin 
Wichita sophomore 
Hayes, Richard 

Hayworth, Justin 
Wichita sophomore 

Henwood, Craig 

Emporia sophomore 
Hill, Holly A. 
Towanda freshman 
Huffman, Nina 
Marysville sophomore 
John, Joshua 
Scott City sophomore 

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Johnson, Paulette 

El Dorado freshman 

Johnson, Steve 

El Dorado freshman 

Jones, Bruce 

Texas freshman 
Kilian, Shelly 

Derby freshman 

Kilian, TJ 

Derby sophomore 

Koke, Don 


Kolde, Chad 

Wamego sophomore 

Kratzer, Dave 


Kraus, Adley 

Valley Center freshman 

Lattimer, James 

Nezotou freshman 

Lattimore, Ranisha 

Wichita freshman 
Looney, Joe 

Towanda freshman 

Matthews, Roger 

Mitchell, Monica 

El Dorado freshman 

Mohler, Wendy 

£/ Dorado freshman 

Mutai, Hosea 

Kenya freshman 

Mwangi, Nick 

El Dorado freshman 

Naill, Janett Ann 

Arizona sophomore 

Novak, Aubry 

Augusta freshman 

Palmisciano, Eli 

Florida freshman 

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Patton, Larry 

Pond, Jim 

Pressley, Bobby 
Florida sophomore 
Richardson, Damon 

Soutli Carolina 

Richwine, Brian 

Wichita sophomore 
Riddiough, Justin 
El Dorado freshman 
Sabaj, Brian 
Wichita sophomore 
Schlup, Steve 
Elmdale sophomore 

Schwanke, Clint 
Hesston sophomore 
Seiter, Pat 

El Dorado freshman 
Shaffer, Marcelle R. 

Douglass sophomore 
Shepherd, Mike 
Wichita freshman 

Stevenson, Trace 

El Dorado sophomore 
Stolhana, Missy 
Towanda freshman 
Stone, Seth 
Goodland freshman 
Sullard, Heather 
Towanda freshman 

OLD !\l A\/ V 

Taylor, Heather 

Rose Hill freshman 
Tennyson, Tricia 
Augusta sophomore 
Theis, Phil 
Train, Amy 
Augusta freshman 

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Triana, Angie 

El Dorado freshman 

Trombla, Bret 

El Dorado sophomore 

Vinson, Tina 

Eureka sophomore 

Walker, Kesha 

Wichita freshman 

West, Craig 

Douglass sophomore 
Wiley, Victoria 
El Dorado freshman 
Winsler, Ryan 
Newton freshman 
Young, Katie 
Wichita freshman 


28 Tlxe Grizzly 

Shelly Bartelson grabs a rebound over a 
Allen County opponent in the Power Plant. 
The Lady Grizzlies won the game 68-57. 

Kesha Walker goes up for a shot over Coffeyville's Dana Kelley in the Grizzlies 
quarterfinal game in the Region VI tournament at Levitt Arena in Wichita. The 
Ladies lost the game 76-50. 

The future looks bright for Lady Grizzlies 

A promising season ends 

abruptly and prematurely in 

the Region VI tournament 

By Randy Smith 

The Butler County Lady Grizzlies had a successful 
1997-98 campaign. Despite suffering injuries early in the 
season, the Grizzlies fought back, pulling out vigorous 
wins and playing exciting basketball. The women made 
an early exit from the Region VI tournament, losing to 
eventual champion Coffeyville, but not before making 
some noise in the Jayhawk West. 

Injuries, inexperience, and tough competition got the 
Lady Grizzlies off to a rocky 7-5 start. In the third game of 
the season, St. Francis sophomore Carrie Duquette was 
lost for the season with a knee injury. Wichita freshman 
Kesha Walker missed the first five games with a stress 
fracture. With Duquette out, Butler County only had one 
sophomore, Maria Camacho. The Grizzlies were playing 
with a freshman squad. In one stretch against non-confer- 
ence foes, Butler County lost three games in a row 

(Coffeyville, Cowley County, and KCK). 

Once the conference season began, the Grizzlies had 
regained health, and most importantly, found confidence. 
They tore through the opening portion of their schedule by 
winning the first five games against Jayhawk West oppo- 
nents. Kansas City, Missouri freshman Toni Herriford and 
Camacho led the Butler County attack. 

On the road and fighting off a tough Cloud County 
squad, Herriford put up what had to be the toughest effort 
of the year. In the last minute of the contest in Concordia, 
Herriford took two hard fouls, which prompted an outrage 
from the Grizzly bench. Both times, she picked herself off 
the floor, went to the foul-line, and nailed both free- 
throws. Butler County escaped with a 55-49 victory. 

Camacho was a factor inside throughout the whole sea- 
son, dominating opponents inside and at the foul line. 
The Santa Fe Springs sophomore was the leading scorer in 
30 of 32 games. Just to give an example of her dominance, 
there were only two games during the season in which 
Camacho never reached double-digits in the point catego- 

Two road losses to Seward County and Hutchinson set 
the Grizzlies back. Down in Liberal, playing close for one 

The Grizzly 29 

Butler's April Davis, left, and Kesha Walker, 
right, dive for a loose ball in a mid-season 
game at Hutchinson. 

In the above photo: Davis, and Walker hit the 

floor chasing the loose ball. 

To the right:: Davis, and Walker reach for the 

loose ball. 

30 Tlxe Grizzly 

half was not good enough to take out the Lady Saints. 
Coach Toby McCammon's team was exposed to a hard 
press against Hutch, which led to numerous turnovers. 

But the ladies fought back and put together another 
winning streak to start the second half stretch. Three key 
road wins against Pratt, Barton County, and Dodge City 
boosted the morale of the team. Against Cloud County 
and Dodge, freshman April Davis sparked the Grizzlies by 
playing tenacious defense and averaging 16.5 points. 

After five straight victories, Seward County ended the 
fun once again. This time at the Power Plant, the Saints 
came marching in and ended the streak, beating Butler 
County by five. That was the closest a Jayhawk West team 
came to beating the Saints as they did not lose a confer- 
ence game all year. Hutchinson had Butler's number 
again in the regular season finale, in a game that was also 
played in El Dorado. Led by a 21 -point effort by Wichita 
freshman Kristy Tabor, the Grizzlies fell short to the 
Dragons, 59-58. 

Once the post-season started, Butler County found 
themselves playing an unfamiliar opponent in Labette. 
With a third place 12-4 finish, the Grizzlies hosted an 
opening playoff game against the Cardinals. The Grizzlies 
held off a late second-half Labette attack, and moved on to 
the second round in Wichita. 

At Henry Levitt Arena, the Grizzlies fell hard to a tough 
Coffeyville team. Butler County tried to keep pace with 
the Red Ravens, but inside play killed the Ladies, and the 
game finally concluded in a 76-50 defeat. 

The Grizzlies will be strong next year as Duquette will 
return after her knee injury. The word is McCammon is 
signing two post players to give Butler County a double 
attack along with Duquette. With Herriford, Davis, and 
Tabor returning, the offense will be strong and a vocal 

Walker will provide the leadership on the court. As 
always, the defense will be the main asset to this team, as 
McCammon's clubs are always found in the nation's top 
ten in defense. Butler County should be early favorites on 
top of the Jayhawk West next season, and look for big 
things to happen. 


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Top photo: Toni Herriford 
pulls down a rebound 
over a Hutch the Lady 
Grizzlies road game in 
Hutch. Herriford was a 
major key in the 
Grizzlies' success this 

Left photo: Head coach 
Toby McCammon 
argues with a referee 
during the Lady 
Grizzlies' game against 
Coffeyville in the 
Region VI tournament. 

Lights, Camera, Action 

The plot thickens 
in Eck's second 
season as coach 

By Randy Smith 

In the year of the Titanic, I feel that 
reviewing the 1997-98 Butler County 
mens basketball seasons as a movie is 
best. This was the only way I felt that it 
could be described. 

In this movie, we find Steve Eck 
(Titan of the South) coming off his first 
season as the Grizzlies' head coach. 
Butler County has just finished its 1996- 
97 season, in which they lost the Region 
VI championship to Hutchinson. 
Through multiple injuries, tough 
defeats, and high expectations, Coach 
Eck's squad still focused on one goal: 
the NJCAA Basketball Tournament. 

What creates the twist is that Eck 
begins his sophomore campaign after a 
29-5 season, a top 10 nationals ranking 
throughout the regular season, and los- 
ing All- America Lee Nailon (To Butler, 
With Love) to Division I. Eck returns two 
sophomores, Wichita's Tyrone Brown 
(Frequent Flyer) and Augusta native 
Lucas Sims (The Net). 

Join the 97-98 Grizzlies as they are 
good Nice Guys Hunting that Wag the 
regular season, but leaving the post- 
season Confidential. The unexpected 
happens just when you think it is as 
good as it gets. 




Head coach Steve Eck yells instructions to his players from the bench during a game 
against Hutcinson at the power plant, which they lost . In his second year as head 
coach Eck led the Grizzlies to an 24-10 overall record and into the championship 
game of the Region VI tournament for a second straight year. 

Coming attractions. 

As the start of the basketball season approaches, Butler 
County has high expectations. Predicted fourth in the 
NJCAA preseason poll, the Grizzlies are expected to run 
away with the Jayhawk West crown. Never mind the fact 

32 The Grizzly 

that they have a team full of first-year players. The team 
has three redshirts who are familiar with the program: 
Antonio Call Me Tony Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala.; Tolanda 
Charles, The Defensive Specialist, of Wichita; and Jamar 
Gaither of Greenbelt, Md. 

The 97-98 season starts in fine fashion. Mineral Area, 
ranked 10th in the preseason poll, becomes Butler's first 
victim. Two wins against Brown Mackie and Labette fol- 
low. Suddenly, the Grizzlies are erupting out of the gate 
with a 5-0 record and enjoying life on the hard court. But 
nothing could prepare them for what was about to hap- 

"If you buzz it, you will lose..." 

Non-conference foes Coffeyville and Cowley County 
appear on the schdule. Both games were scheduled to be 
played in Arkansas City, Cowley's home court. The 
Coffeyville game reveals a weak Butler defensive team. 
Something is not right here. You notice Gaither, a 6-9 start- 
ing center, in street clothes. Did we mention that he red- 
shirted the year before because of an injury? Tony Jackson 
makes you forget about Gaither with a 31-point perfor- 
mance against Coffeyville, but the Grizzlies suffer their 
first loss of the season. 

The next night, Cowley has its way with Butler County 
as the Tigers appear to dunk the ball from every direction. 
Just when you think the purple and gold squad is in strik- 
ing distance, the margin becomes larger. A crucial play on 
this night came when Butler had the chance to take the 
lead. Cowley has the ball with the shot clock winding 
down. ..3. ..2. ..a shot goes up., but is not even close to 

Jason Fullen tries to keep the ball away from Neosho County's 
Jeremy Holmes during the Grizzlies second round Region VI 
playoff game at Levitt Arena. 

touching the rim. ..1... the Tigers grab the loose 

HEY! Wait a minute! If I'm not mistaken, if a team with 
possession of the basketball does not hit the rim within 35 
seconds, a shot clock violation should be called and the 
defensive team receives the ball... right? Eck argues the call, 
screaming at the referees, while the shot-clock operator has 
a devilish grin on his face. The call stands, the Grizzlies 
lose momentum, and eventually all is lost. 

Suddenly the final buzzer sounds and Cowley County 
is celebrating like it won the NBA Championship. Orange 
and black fills the floor, while the Grizzlies try to escape. 
Eck has lost back-to-back games for the first time in his 
coaching career (junior high, high school, and junior col- 
lege). The guys are in need of a vacation. These guys need 

Neil Chadderdon goes to the basket for an easy layup in the 
Grizzlies first round Region VI playoff game against Allen 
County at the Power Plant. 

The Grizzly 33 

a break. They really need a break. 

National Lampoon's Vacation on special 
location in Glendale, Ariz.... 

The next day, the Griswalds, uh, the Grizzlies, loaded 
up the vans from the Butler of El Dorado campus. Getting 
out of Butler County sounded good. Fleeing the state of 
Kansas sounded better. Nothing like not being home for 
the holidays, as the Grizzlies had a hot date already 
planned. Thanksgiving was going to be spent in warm 
weather.. .in Arizona. Eck wanted to make sure the players 
got over the bus lag before play started in Glendale's 

Valley of the Sun tournaments scheduled for Wednesday, 
therefore the reason to leave Sunday. 

Arriving in Phoenix on a Monday morning, stopping 
only for food and gas, the team needed to get loose. They 
held a Tuesday afternoon practice and everything 
appeared to be going smoothly until Kevin Robinson, a 
Greenbelt, Md., freshman, went down with a knee injury 
in practice. With Gaither still out, the Grizzlies would be 
hurting size-wise inside for the tournament. 

While they took vacation pictures of a 96-77 opening 
win over Phoenix College, an image of Tyrone Brown 

bleeding from his nose somehow mistakenly 
got mixed up in the roll of film. You would 
not think that a broken nose would end up 
affecting his play for the rest of the season. 
Turkey Day did not get much better as 
Butler County lost a 64-62 heartbreaker to 

Tolanda Charles leans around Allen County's 
Rudy Morrow while trying to drive the lane. 
Morrow was whistled for a foul on the play. 

Kevin Robinson shoots over Hutchinson's Ivan Gatto (right), while being 
fouled from behind by John Krafels in the Grizzlies' last regular season home 
game at the Power Plant. 

34 Tlxe Grizzly 

Mesa Community College, an Arizona team that would 
later qualify for the national tournament in March. 

The Grizzlies would finish Friday defeating host 
Glendale 95-76, and Coach Eck noted after that game that 
he felt more comfortable about this team than he did with 
last year's team. Before the Christmas break arrived, Butler 
won two games at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville. 
The Grizzlies then wrapped up the first half of the season 
by getting revenge against Cowley County at the Power 

All I want for Christmas is a healthy team. 

Christmas came and went and Tyrone Brown felt miser- 
able. His nose hurt and rightly so. Surgery came late for 
Brown with reasons unknown. Although the Wichita fresh- 
man was back in the lineup for Butler County, he could 
not see straight. Immediately after the injury in Arizona, 
Glendale trainers gave Brown a protective mask to wear 
for the remainder of the tournament, which blurred his 
vision. He went without the mask, went back into battle 
and scored 26 points in the Mesa loss. Back home, another 
mask that did not help much either, was presented to 
Brown. His game was affected, but the plastic cover was 
more of a shield to protect the nose. 

Meanwhile, Jamar Gaither was still out, and his return 
to the court this season was questionable. Kevin Robinson 
came back immediately after his injury, and led the 
Grizzlies past the Wichita Jets with 23 points in an over- 
time victory to ring in the New Year. 
Conference wins over Pratt and 
Garden City gave Butler County a 
wining streak of seven. The Grizzlies 
were looking like the Grizzlies of old, 
but all good things must end... 
Home is where 
the Cougars roam. 

In the Nineties, the Power Plant 
has been nothing but friendly con- 
fines to the Grizzlies. Coming into 
this season, Butler County only lost 
six games on its home court. Steve 
Eck had never lost in the Power Plant 
as the Grizzly head coach. In a year 
of firsts for Eck, that would soon 

On January 14, nationally-ranked 

Tyrone Brown drives around Barton County's Gordon Scott for 
an easy layup in the Region VI Tournament. 

Lucas Sims applies defensive pressure on a Seward County ball handler. Sims was one 
of only two returners from the 1996-97 season. 

The Crr»i5Ezly 

Kevin Robinson rocks the rim with a slam in the final minutes of the Grizzlies' 
semifinal game in the Region VI tournament against Barton County. The Grizzlies 
beat Barton to avenge a regular season loss. 

Barton County rolled into El Dorado intent on putting a 
stop to a 27-game consecutive winning game streak. With 
long bombs outside the perimeter and strong inside play, 
the Cougars were able to do exactly as they intended. In 
what was an overtime thriller, they unplugged Butler 
County from their Power Plant chain. 

It was a sign of the future. The Grizzlies put together 

two wins against Cloud County and 
Dodge City, but the run quickly ended. 
Butler County took a long, four-hour trek 
to Liberal looking for a much needed win 
in the Jayhawk West. Unfortunately, the 
team found themselves stuck in the mid- 
dle of a gymnasium full of rabid Seward 
County fans, with another loss. 

Colby quickly came and went, as the 
Grizzlies crushed the Trojans 83-47. The 
36-point victory was just what the team 
needed heading into their battle with 
rival Hutchinson. Butler embarrassed the 
Blue Dragons on their home court last 
year and started to do the same with a 
10-0 run. Hutch quickly responded, 
opening a 13-0 of their own in the second 
half and never looked back. With the first 
half of the season over, the Grizzlies 
stood at 16-6 overall and with an ugly 5-3 
start in the Jayhawk West. 

Butler opened the second half of the 
season with three of four victories. The 
j one loss came to Barton County on 
February 9, which came as a surprise to 
no one. Nevertheless, their next loss did, 
as a pair of "strings" were not in tune. 

In a shoot-around /mini-practice 
before the Dodge City game, 6-6 fresh- 
man William Gates injured his ham- 
string. Gates, a starter in 30 of the 34 
games, played sparingly in the first half. 
Brown also went down with the same 
affliction. In what had to be the most dis- 
appointing loss of the season, the 
Grizzlies could not hit a basket in the 
- last three minutes, thus blowing the lead 
and game to Dodge City. "This is the worst I've ever felt in 
all my years of coaching," Eck said later, calling the loss 
the most frustrating of his career. With nationally-ranked 
Seward County coming in to tangle with the Grizzlies in 
one week, it was only right that Eck and his club get the 
hell out of Dodge. 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... 

With a week off, the Grizzlies had to get some kind of 
momentum going heading into the post-season. This win- 
ning one, losing one, winning two, and dropping another 
one, was just not going to cut it. If Butler County could 
somehow reel off the last three games of the season, 
maybe it could turn the flickering light into a burning 

The schedule looked bright for the Grizzlies: a pair of 
Saturday night home dates against Seward County and 
Hutchinson, with a road game at Colby sandwiched in. 
There was only one problem—Butler was 0-2 versus 
Seward and Hutch, and an easy victory against Colby sud- 
denly looked huge as the Trojans were only a mere five- 
hour road trip away. 

Saturday's date with Seward had arrived, and with it, 
Eck ditched the sweater and showed up in a suit and tie. It 
was the first time Eck wore a suit for a game. Suddenly, 
the game had new meaning. This contest was not going to 
decide if Butler was in the running for a Jayhawk West 
title. The Grizzlies already ruined that with five conference 

No, this game was about identity. It was bad enough 
that Eck & Co. were embarrassed out in Dodge. They did 
not want a repeat on their home court... and that repeat 
didn't happen! The Grizzlies cruised to a 71-60 victory and 
held the Saints' Kevin Houston to only eight points. It was 
the wake-up call that the Grizzlies needed. 

The Grizzlies trounced Colby 81-70, then anxiously 
awaited long-time rival Hutchinson. 

Butler was not going to go down without a fight. The 
Grizzlies led throughout most of the contest, but the team 
paid the price. Kevin Robinson injured his thumb. Tyrone 
Brown sat out with his injured hamstring, and Hutch eked 
out a 66-60 victory in the Power Plant, Butler's second loss 
at home this season and leaving the team with a collective 
bad taste in their mouth as post-season arrived unceremo- 

Action Jackson. 

With a first-round home playoff game against Allen 
County approaching, Steve Eck knew that a spark was in 
order for his team after getting swept by a bitter rival. The 
flame that was once there was barely visible. He called on 
Tony Jackson, the point guard who led the team in scoring. 
It was time the team rode on the freshman's shoulders for 
the Region VI tournament. 

Neil Chadderon goes up strong for a basket against Allen 
County. Chadderon was one of the key players to come off the 
bench for the Grizzlies this year. 

The Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year put on a 
post-season performance like no other hero could. In a 95- 
58 thrashing of Allen County in the opener, Jackson paced 
the team with 17 points. In Wichita, Jackson led the way 
into the second round, this time against Neosho County, 
the Jayhawk East champs and Region VI's number one 
seed. Butler County edged the Panthers 69-65, setting up a 
semifinal matchup with Barton County. Uh oh. 

The Cougars, who swept the Grizzlies in the regular 
season, were favorites to win the tourney and move on to 
Hutch. The Jayhawk West was flexing its muscles as it had 
all four spots in both semifinal games. How fitting it 
would be for Butler to defeat teams that had the edge on 
them this season. To beat Barton and Hutchinson back-to- 
back would be sensational. No, it would be incredible! 

Well, that's not the way things worked out. 

The Grizzlies managed to surprise the Cougars, as they 

THe Grizzly 37 

Charles goes 
up for a shot 
over a Seward 
County play- 
ers in the 
game of the 
Region VI 
tournament at 
Levitt Arena 
in Wichita. 

put up another second-half comeback. Both teams shot 
poorly in the first half, and Barton County was up by 
eight midway through the contest, but Barton never 
could find an answer for Jackson, who was throwing up 
prayers from way outside. 

At times he was open out in no-man's land; other 
times there was a hand in his face. Either way, the out- 
come was the same. The ball went through the hoop. It 
was as simple as that. Jackson was taking action. With a 
71-67 thriller over the Cougars, the Grizzlies were incredi- 
bly only one win away from the national tournament. The 
only team that stood in their way was Seward County. 
When the Saints Go Marching In. 

The championship game was a beauty, although the 
script could have been a little different. Two teams that 
fought hard and never gave up proved that once you are 
down, you are not out. Seward jumped out to a 15-point 
lead early in the first half. The Grizzlies battled back to a 
six-point deficit at halftime. Early in Round Two, Butler 
County took its first lead on a three-pointer from Jackson. 

Tyrone Brown reacts after the Grizzlies lose to the Seward County Saints in the final of the Region VI Tournament. 

Tyrone Brown came up with key baskets and 
a lay up by Kevin Robinson put Butler in 
control 60-48 with 6:56 remaining. For the 
moment, it looked like the Grizzlies were 
going to extend their season and roll into 

Then Seward County called a time out, 
gained momentum and the Grizzlies col- 
lapsed. The Saints' press forced turnovers 
and Seward hit gold. A 17-0 run that spanned 
more than five minutes gave the Saints the 
lead. Butler made it close, but fell short 70-65. 

What a valiant effort by these "nice guys," 
after a regular season to forget, to dish out a 
post-season to remember. Tony Jackson and 
Kevin Robinson were named to the all-tour- 
nament team. If their final appearance in 
Grizzlies uniforms, Tyrone Brown and Lucas 
Simms combined for 25 points. Both had 
near flawless performances in the contest. 

Could the third time be a charm? 

In all his years of coaching, Steve Eck has 
always preached defense. Defense wins 
championships, as often happened when he 
coached at South. Butler County will be more 
of an explosive team on offense, with their 
two returning leaders in points, Jackson (15.6 
ppg) and Robinson (10.3), back next year. 

Losing Brown and Sims will hurt the 
leadership of this team next year. With 
junior college teams constantly changing rosters, the 
Grizzlies will search for a leader and Jackson is the early 
candidate. Frankfort freshman Matt Suther is also a possi- 

Robinson played with such intensity the last five games 
of the season that that might be a good omen for 1998- 
1999. Having Gaither back next year helps in the post posi- 
tion with Robinson, and look for the Grizzlies to sign a 
few tall players to help. 

Leavenworth freshman Jason Fullen will be looked 
upon to score points. He had the confidence late in the sea- 
son to hit three-pointers when the Grizzlies needed them, 
especially in the Neosho playoff game where he went 
three-f or- three. Jackson and Fullen will be outside threats. 

William Gates will be one of those players who will do 

Jarrod Eck battles a Blue Dragon player for a loose ball under the basket. Butler 
lost the ball and the game, 72-68, in always hostile Hutchinson. 

a little bit of everything, just like he did this year. At 6-6, 
he can block, has a nice shooting touch, and solid on 
defense. Speaking of defense, Tolanda Charles will contin- 
ue his dominance on opposing star players. 

If the Grizzlies stay healthy, they will once again start 
the season as the team to beat. (Sorry, Steve.) Not to play 
the frontrunner here, but the Grizzlies bring back talent, 
and that gives them the edge. Look for Butler County to be 
dominant next year, not dramatic, as Jackson picks up the 
Best Actor.. .er, Most Valuable Player. In the year of the 
Titanic, it's best not to abandon ship when you're talking 
about Butler County basketball. 

Rami}/ Smith is the official Voice of the Grizzlies, and he can 
be heard broadcasting Butler football and basketball games on 
KBTL, 88.1 FM. 

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Pitching is the key to a first place finish 

■■■'•■ ' 


rizzly baseball has kept 
itself running around like 
I crazy this season. The men 

' ~ games in 27 
7ciore they had a 
chance to breathe, playing only eight 
games in twf> weeks. 

"We have played so many games lately 
that it is hard to reflect on how well we 
have played/' baseball coach B.D. Parker 
says. " We have to get healthy and rested 
before we can put our game together. " 

The team will now have the chance to 
relax a little. The coaches can finally put 
their heads together and condense the 
pitching staff. 

continued on page 45 

1 Train 

Josh Merrigan scares in 
for the sign during the 
first game of a double 
header with Dodge 
City at McDonald 
Stadium. Through the 
first 48 games, the 
Grizzlies Were 31-17, 
and in a race for 
first place. 


I didn't expect to 
it a grand slam right 
of the bat ... I guess 
luck was on my side. 
-John Rawiey 

Right, short stop Tyler Dreiling 
turns a double play despite being 
taken off his feet by a Dodge City 


Below, a hustling Butler baserun- 
ner dives back into first to avoid a 
pick off. He was safe on the play. 

42 The Grizzly 

At press time, Sam Gish, Meade Smith and 
Josh Merrigan lead the pitching staff with five, 
four and four wins, respectively. 

Smith has an ERA of 3.21 and Hank Walton 
of 3.27. Gish and Smith have both racked up 28 
strikeouts apiece. Gish has allowed four home 
runs and Smith three. 

Les Graham and Josh Raiburn lead Grizzly 
hitters with a .434 batting average. Graham has 
hit eight home runs along with Kevin Murphy. 
Graham has shown marked improvement after 
not starting a game until later than expected in 
the season due to shoulder problems 

Butler's mid-season game against Brown 
Mackie gave the team a lot of chances to mark 
improvement. Four players managed home 
runs for the Grizzlies. 

Tyler Dreiling and Justin McClure hit their 
first collegiate home runs. Graham also hit a 
home run. Murphy had two home runs against 
the Lions, managing four RBIs. 

After the 11-2,10-1 wins over Brown Mackie, 
the Grizzlies turned around to split with Colby, 
18-15, 12-20. 

Catcher Tony Nelson had not only his first 
career home run, but also his second. He man- 
aged eight RBIs off of his hits. 

Murphy managed two home runs against 

A twist of fate had left Butler's leading 
offensive hitter from the 1997 season injured 
until the April 4 game against Brown Mackie. 
John Rawie, who hit 18 home runs last season, 
was out in the first of the season with a broken 

In Rawie's third game back, he was back in 
action. He hit a grand slam for his first home 
run of the year. 

"It is great to be back," Rawie says. "Sitting 
around doing nothing for five weeks gets pret- 
ty old. I didn't expect to get a grand slam right 
off the bat. I figured I would start by getting 
singles, then doubles and work my way back 
up. I guess luck was on my side." 

Butler baseball is now 31-17 overall heading 
into their break. 

"There are six teams that could easily win 
the conference right now," pitching coach Trent 
Nesmith says. "We are young on the hill right 
now. If the guys on the mound step up, we'll 
have a shot at finishing first. Basically, a team's 
bullpen wins them the game. Without a strong 
relief pitcher, it is hard to win a game." 

Top, Jason Santangelo takes some warm- 
up swings in the on-deck circle. 
Bottom, Josh Merrigan delivers a pitch to 
his Dodge City opponent. 

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Lady Grizzly Softball took its greatest strides of the 
season against Colby and Cloud County, the two best 
teams in the conference, on April 18-19. The Ladies 
improved their record to 21-18 overall and 13-12 in the 

The ladies have overcome some tough obstacles to 
move up in the conference as they have. 

It all started with the coaching change over semester 
break. Shane Steinkamp, who was Butler's Softball 
coach for four and a half years, moved on in his career 
by accepting the head fastpitch softball coaching posi- 
tion at Fort Hays State University. Brad Horky was 
hired to fill Steinkamp's position. 

Steinkamp will be the coach to bring Fort Hays soft- 
ball back. Fort Hays had a softball program 12 years 
ago and has finally decided to reinstate it. Steinkamp 
will be overseeing all softball action when the sport 
officially opens in the spring of 1999. 

"It was my time," Steinkamp says. "I felt it was the 
right thing to do. I am looking forward to the opportu- 
nity to be successful." 

Steinkamp hates that he had to drop the girls in 

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mid-season, but he says it was the 
best thing for his career. 

"I think it is a great opportunity 
for Shane to go in and start the new 
Softball program for Fort Hays," ath- 
letic director Rick Dreiling says. 
"We'll miss having Coach Steinkamp 

The softball players had an idea 
that Steinkamp was going for the job, 
but didn't know for sure until it hap- 

"They are happy for me," 
Steinkamp says. "I expect some of the 
players are disappointed after work- 
ing with me for six months and then, 
just like that, I am gone." 

Horky contacted Dreiling and was 
selected for the position out of five 

Horky had a 100-60 record as soft- 
ball coach at the University of 
Nebraska at Kearney. In 1987, he car- 
ried his team to a national champi- 

onship. He was an assistant coach at 
KU for two years and coached at 
Pittsburg State University for four 
years with a 183-83 parting record. 

The transition of coaches has "been 
hard on the players," Horky says. "I 
have come into the job with the same 
rules and philosophies I used in all 
my other coaching positions." 

Horky and the rest of the team 
struggled in the first part of the sea- 
son, but they are pulling together and 
finding what works. 

"I have been telling them all year 
that we can play with anybody in the 
region. Now (after going 3-1 against 
Colby and Cloud), they know they 
can beat anybody in Region VI," says 
Horky. "That's what counts." 

Rene Slatier is settling into the 
position on the mound and carried 
most of the load against Colby and 

Two of the ladies' top hitters have 
been injured, Paula Keeler 
and Aryn McCoy. Stacy 
Crump and Laurie Meissner 
are "taking up the slack." 

Becky Hildebrand, Rachel 
Metro, Jamie Combs, Keeler 
and McCoy are leading the 
Lady Grizzlies offensively. 

In the games against 
Colby and Cloud, 
Hildebrand, Kristin Kelley 
and Crump hit out-of-the- 
park home runs. 

"The big difference is 
now we're starting to drive 
runs in," Horky says. "There 
was a long drought where 
we would get people to sec- 
ond and third, but we 
couldn't get them in." 

Tl*e Grizzly 4S 

Butler football coach James Shibest gave Melvin Lister an ultimatum. 
Shibest told Lister that he had to decide between going to football 
camp or heading off to Australia to represent the United States in the 
Junior Olympics in track and field. Needless to say, Lister chose track and 
field. After all, going to Australia is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for 
him. Lister went on to finish eighth in the Junior Olympics. 

"Anybody in my place would have done the same thing," Lister says. "In 
my first year here, I began seeing things and I made the decision to stick. 
Playing football would have just slowed me down from pursuing my track 
and field career." 

"I don't think he really had a choice," track coach Fred Torneden says. 

Lister's football career began his freshman year of high school in 
Leavenworth. "Peer pressure made me play football," says Lister. 

Then, track season came around and the coach told Lister that he looked 
like a jumper to him. The coach had another athlete show him how it was 

"So, I tried it," Lister says. "And, the triple jump became natural to me." 

And that it did. Lister was a four-time state champion in high school for 
the triple jump. He also became and indoor national champion in the triple 

Top photo, Melvin Lister soars through the air for a 24-foot long jump. Bottom photo, 
Lister grimaces as he lands one of his long jumps. 

jump at the collegiate level. At the national scholastic meet 
in North Carolina he won the triple jump. 

"As a freshman (in high school), I liked the triple jump 
so much because I was the state champion and the wins 
were there." 

Lister was ranked by Track and Field News as one of the 
top two recruits in the nation as a senior. It also ranked 
him as number one in the long jump. Now, his best event 
in college competition is the long jump. As a sophomore 
in high school, he was first at state in the long jump. 

During Lister's freshman year at Butler, he had some 
nagging injuries, says Torneden. 

"Before the first indoor meet, he bet some of the guys 
in the dorms that he could hit his head on the ceiling," 
Torneden says. Lister injured his rib and did not compete 
in the triple jump for the rest of the year. 

"Normal human beings wouldn't do those things; only 
if you are super-human like Melvin," Torneden says with 
a laugh. 

As a freshman at Butler, he became the indoor and out- 
door national champion in the long jump. Lister was the 
indoor long jump national champion as a sophomore. He 
now holds the best distance for the long jump in the 
nation. Lister's distance could have won at the NCAA 
national level. 

"Coach Neubauer and I realize that Melvin is a once-in- 
a-lifetime opportunity to coach," says Torneden. 
"Sometimes we joke around about enjoying this one as 
long as we can." 

Lister received a gold in a California meet in the triple 
and long jumps. His longest jumping distances are 53 feet, 
three inches in the triple jump, and 26 feet, five inches in 
the long jump. 

"Melvin is extremely gifted," Torneden says. "He is 
about ready for the Olympics. He has improved so much 
this year and still has the potential to improve a lot more. 
He is unbelievable." 

Not only is Lister an accomplished jumper, but he has 
been successful in running events. In his junior year of 
high school, he was the state champion in the 400-meter 
run. During his senior year, he swept the 200- and 400- 
meter events in the state meet. 

At the 1997 and 1998 indoor nationals, Lister was an 
anchor on the distance relay-medley team that finished 
first for Butler. 

This year, Lister will be competing in the triple and 
long jumps and the 200-meter at the outdoor national 
meet. He is also a leg on Butler's 4 x 400-meter relay team. 

Over the summer, Lister plans to go overseas to the 
World Games for the triple and long jumps. Athletes have 
not been picked for the Games, but Lister is sure he is a 

"I know I am one of the top jumpers in the nation," 
Lister said. "If I keep up with what I have been doing, I 
know I will go." 

Lister will continue collegiate level competition at 
Arkansas, where Butler's toughest competition is. 
"Competing against other Arkansas athletes pushes me 
more," Lister says. "It makes me want to go out there like 
I have a purpose so next year they will know what I am 
all about." 

Arkansas is known for distance and jumping, says 
Torneden. Arkansas' coach has recently been selected to 
judge the next Olympics. 

"Coach Booth's goal is to fill three Olympic spots in the 
long jump with three guys from his program," Torneden 
says. "And Melvin is one of them." 

Besides track and field, Lister is working towards a 
degree in Business Management. His focus is track and 
field. He is working towards his degree so he can make 
enough money to open his own sports-related business. 

For now, Melvin's taking life one step, or leap, at a 
time. "Sooner or later, I will get there." 

Butler's flying phenom is 
fast, too, as Lister hands off 
the baton to teammate 
Daniel Robinson in the 1600- 
meter relay at the K.T. 
Woodman track meet at 
Wichita State. Butler won the 
race by five seconds. Easily. 

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The Grizzly 

Alt-Kansas Award 
Two-Year Magazine 

Butler County Community College 

April 17, 1998 


or the second consecutive year, The 
Grizzly Magazine was awarded the Kansas 
Associated Collegiate Press' highest honor, 
the All- Kansas Award. This year, the 
magazine staff received 27 individual 

Nine- - 1st place. 

Seven- - 2nd place. 

Six- - 3rd place. 

Five- - Honorable Mention. 

Including the sweep of two 

photography categories.